Daniel Miller is an anthropologist in material culture at University College London. His work focuses on our relationship to things and the consequences of consumption. His latest research is on a piece of clothing worn by so many of us worldwide – blue jeans. He argues that jeans are unique in that they are global and never go out of fashion, allowing the wearer to assimilate, no matter what country or social class they are from.
Sonnet Stanfill is an American fashion writer, as well as curator at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. Her latest exhibition focuses on the spectacular and lavish ball gowns worn by the rich and famous in post war Britain. She argues that this high end expensive clothing has always conferred on the wearer a great deal of power, but with the latest economic austerity, what is the future for these type of clothes?
Award winning designer, Folake Folarin-Coker is founder of the iconic African fashion brand Tiffany Amber. Launched more than a decade ago, it revolutionised the fashion industry in Nigeria, and became the first indigenous ready to wear label in the country. On an international level, Folake is the only African designer to have shown twice at the New York Fashion show.
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Sixty Second Idea to Change the World
Daniel Miller suggests creating a new ethical label – a big E to be sewn on garments – to show that a particular piece of clothing has been produced environmentally and ethically, with no exploitation of labour. Daniel Miller believes that people who have paid extra for ethically produced clothes would be quite happy for others to know this, and that by flaunting the E label on their garments they would then communicate an important message to all producers and consumers: I’m ethical and I’m proud of it.